In this post, I’ll share my personal observations on Extraverted Thinking.
“Te” is the INFP’s fourth function, and so it will be more conscious to the INFP than the previous three functions. The INFP doesn’t use “Te” as much as “Fi” or “Ne” for instance, but the INFP uses “Te” nonetheless.
Also, because “Te” is the fourth function, it holds the Aspirational Role. Basically, when the INFP is stressed out or under pressure, the INFP will begin to use “Te”.
Extraverted Thinking consists of organizing the external world, and it cares about how things and people are organized so that things can be done with efficiency and productivity.
So here are my personal observations. Two of them are very similar, but good examples.
1. Organization Stress #1
In moments of high stress at work, I don’t have too much trouble focusing on the task at hand. However, during high pressure and stressful moments, “Te” will turn on. Even though I may focused on the task at hand, “Te” will be like a constant alarm or form of notification. As I try to do the current stressful task, I will still be aware of things that need organized or fixed in the external world through “Te”.
As I’ve noticed, if one or all of those issues that need being organized or fixed are fixed, I feel very relieved and much less stressed.
2. Organization Stress #2
During high school, I noticed that when taking a test or studying for one, if the room I was in was unorganized and a mess, I had a hard time concentrating on studying or focusing on the test. I had to fix what I could before I could go back and work in peace. Of course, external disorganization shouldn’t affect the internal processes of my mind, but in moments of stress, I become hyper-aware of messes and such disorganization, even though I could care less about those messes while I’m not stressed.
Another “aspect” of “Te”, is following other people’s speech in an objective manner, for instance, noticing if people say that they’ll discuss three topics but only mention two topics.
Now this is only one example of this and a rather obscure one at that. However, as I am a movie-junkie of sorts, I find that it is a pet-peeve of mine when people quote a movie wrong. Of course, there are some famous movies quotes out there that people quote constantly and don’t quote them wrong because they’re famous.Though, when people reference a slightly less famous quote and get it wrong (at least to my knowledge), I’ll get very frustrated.
So that concludes my series on cognitive functions from my personal, INFP perspective. What did you guys think? Would you like to hear about other cognitive functions from, for instance, INFJ or INTJ perspectives?